The Burning Lotus
Of all the creation of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God, who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honours and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, yet have complete freedom over it, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth. Rani Padmini of Chittor was the image of eternal sanctity, values and esteem. She was the pride of the Rajput gharana, her beauty was celebrated. The story of this beauty reached Allauddin Khilji, who was moved by the metaphorical representation of a lotus like Queen and immediately decided to have a glance of her. When presented to the court he was only allowed to see her reflection. This reflection was enough to titillate Allauddin to grasp her beauty and make it his forever. A war breaks out and the entire country fights to save their Queen’s sanctity. Broken down by the news of her husband’s capture, seeing her countrymen die, the women chased by lustful eyes and sensing Allauddin’s greed to accomplish her beauty- she decides to save her dignity at the cost of her life. She goes to their palace temple to pray to their family deity, Goddess Ubar, wears her burning ornaments and lets the fire grasp her body and beauty and saves her virtue forever. All the other Rajput women followed their Queen and dived in the Jwahar and were immediately gulped by the fire. The fire which still reeks of their sacrifice, the fire which filled the lustful eyes of Allauddin with respect, the fire which burned the Lotus of Chittor and transformed it to its purest form, forever!
The Burning Lotus is an original creation of Hritaal Dance Centre. It’s a humble effort to bring forth the tale of perhaps one of the strongest lady character in Indian History, who fought for her rights and virtues. The story is inspired by Abanindranath Tagore’s Rajkahini and the props and costumes have been designed after extensive research on the subject. Hritaal is proud that this musical not only is the celebration of their dancing skills but also is a dedication to women empowerment.